Catalogue description Records of the Court of Wards and Liveries

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Reference: WARD
Title: Records of the Court of Wards and Liveries

Records of the Court of Wards and Liveries.

They are not arranged systematically by area of business and documents relating to all fields of the administration of wardship and livery during the period of the court's existence and earlier are found in all the WARD series. A rough guide is as follows and strays will be found in most series.

Date: c1100-1891
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Language: English
Physical description: 16 series
Access conditions: Many records unfit for production
Administrative / biographical background:

The Court of Wards and Liveries was created in 1542 when the Court of Wards, which had control on wards and the administration of their land, was joined to the office of Surveyor of the King’s Liveries. It was mainly responsible for collecting feudal dues and practical and legal matters relating to the Crown’s right of wardship and livery. The Court was formally abolished in 1660.

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